22 February 2012


I've written on numerous occasions very highly of Umbro's recent gear, and the "Tailored by Umbro" England shirts are so on point. I'm always excited for the new release and today they dropped the 2012 Home kit. And it's a big one, as the nation's expectations are fully carried with it into the Euro championships this summer, despite the off-pitch madness surrounding the squad at the moment. Surely, Redknapp will take the role right? But that's all for another day.

The shirt comes in a clean two-toned design, inspired of course by St George. Completely cutting out the unnecessary and totally epitomising the concept of simplicity, it's a really beautiful shirt. Crafted to a slimmer and smarter fit, the technology is all there, ready for players and fans alike. The most interesting of new features is the one button fastener for the collar. Buttoned down it presents as a normal traditional football shirt with a slick red strip at the neck, but turned over, it reveals an intricate stripe in tonal red, based on St George's flag and the iconic 1966 Sir Alf Ramsey jacket.

For me, Umbro continue to impress, and it looks excellent. With all the hard work done on the designers' part, let's hope the players can follow suit. I sure hope so.

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